3 Reasons to Detox and How to Prep

Why do you need to detox?

Why should someone use detox therapy?

  • to restore gut function
  • reduce heavy metals
  • reduce organic chemicals stored in fat

What does a detox therapy entail?

The detoxification process involves diet, nutrient therapy and exercise as well as hydrotherapy, sauna and other modalities. The goal is to help the body eliminate and cleanse itself of accumulated toxins.

How do you prepare to detox?

First, it’s important to determine your health status and current exposure to toxins. There are questionnaires you can complete and simple tests your practitioner can use to design a program just for you. There are many approaches to detoxifying the body. A detox program should be designed to suit your individual needs.

Prior to embarking on a detox plan, it’s important to prepare your body to handle the process. The preparation phase depends in great deal on your health status, toxic load and ongoing exposure, your body’s level of ability to detoxify, and the support you’ll need throughout the process. It includes eliminating all toxins from both the environment (house, office) and foods; eliminating all known potentially allergenic foods including sugar, dairy, wheat, soy, and eggs; eliminating alcohol and caffeine; and drinking lots of filtered water.

 

Detox Phases: How the body does it

1c835bd7-063f-4c83-b5cc-70895cd5ce0bMostly in the liver and the intestinal wall (thus gut health is a priority). But also through the kidneys, lungs, and skin. Toxins are converted into a water soluble form for elimination through the skin bowels, urine, and breath.

There are two phases of detoxification that act as a revolving door for toxins. In phase I, special enzymes breaks down the fat soluble toxins via oxidation. In phase II, the products of phase I are further metabolized into water soluble molecules via conjugation. They are then excreted in bile and urine.

Impairment in phase II conjugation could lead to an accumulation of the toxic intermediates created as a result of phase I. Many factors can influence effective detoxification including age, gender, diet, lifestyle, disease state and intestinal healthy; most notable, however, is biochemical individuality: are we fast or slow metabolizers, i.e., do we have sufficient enzymes to get the job done?

Toxic Load: 6 Factors

Toxins can be endogenous, produced by the body, or exogenous, from external sources. They include:

  • heavy metals like mercury and lead, petrochemicals, residues, pesticides, and fertilizers
  • food and environmental allergens, molds, and toxins from molds
  • the standard American diet
  • mental, emotional, and spiritual toxins — depression, anger, anxiety, and stress
  • medications/drugs
  • internal toxins such as bacteria, fungus, and yeast inside our gut as well as hormonal and metabolic toxins

Toxins that don’t get processed and excreted are stored in fatty areas of the body including fat cells, liver, and brain cells.

What is detox and why is it critical?

When toxins build up in our bodies, we get sick! Our Western lifestyle challenges our bodies to eliminate a burdensome level of toxins. Detoxification is the processing and elimination of toxins. It is ongoing, happens in every cell and is a natural process.

Our current health status reflects the cumulative effects of a lifetime of exposure and our body’s ability to effectively detoxify. “Total load” is the total amount of stressors on our system at any one time. The greater the load, the greater the incidence of illness and disease. Detox programs decrease the negative impact of toxins on bodily processes.

Effective detoxification is key to achieving optimum health, and recovering from or avoiding disease. It enhances the immune system and the reparative, anti-aging faculties of the body. Supporting the body’s natural detoxification system is critical.

Purification strategies to harmonize and balance biochemistry to induce the body into a pattern of self healing have been used throughout history and across cultures.